7 February

Fifteen die in Northland bus tragedy

1963 Fifteen die in Northland bus tragedy

Fifteen people were killed and 21 injured, many severely, when a bus returning to Auckland from Waitangi Day celebrations in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip lost its brakes on Brynderwyn hill Read more...
New Zealand’s worst shipwreck

1863 New Zealand’s worst shipwreck

For the British it was the costliest day of the New Zealand Wars – but it occurred far from the battlefield. Bringing naval stores from Sydney, the modern 1706-ton steam corvette HMS Orpheus ran aground on the bar at the entrance to Auckland’s Manukau Harbour. Read more...